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Office 365 (Outlook on the web) - Getting Started with Add-ins
When used, add-ins provide you with additional features that you can take advantage of. Add-ins in Office 365 are programs or utilities that help you automate tasks when you view or create messages/events.
Why do I see add-ins in my inbox?
Microsoft has partnered with leading companies to build add-ins that help you get things done right from your inbox. Microsoft also provides developers the ability to create customized add-ins -- which UW-Madison's Office 365 team has taken advantage of.
How do the add-ins work?
Most add-ins have access only to the data in the email message or calendar event that you're working in. Some of the add-ins are designed to work only in Outlook on the web. Others are designed to work in Outlook on the web and Outlook for Windows. You can have the add-in work in Outlook for Windows or later by installing it directly from the Office Store.
All add-ins are validated by Microsoft, including those that you install from the Office Store. For more information, see the privacy statement and the terms and conditions section in the add-in’s consent form.
What are the default add-ins included in UW-Madison's implementation of Office 365
Microsoft continues to make updates to the default set of add-ins whenever Outlook on the web is updated. As part of our implementation, we also continue to add add-in which we think would benefit the campus community. Currently, the following add-ins are active for all Office 365 users: Action Items, Bing Maps, Doodle, Report Spam, My Templates, Suggested Meetings, and Unsubscribe. To better understand and take advantage of any of these add-ins, go to "My add-ins".
How do I use the add-ins?
Are add-ins supported?
Office 365 team will provide best effort support - any support beyond basic troubleshooting will be handled by the add-in vendor.
What happens if I select Disable in the Manage add-ins/Consent page?
If you select Disable, it'll deactivate the add-in, and you won't see or be able to use the add-in again.
If you change your mind later, you can enable the add-in anytime by going to Manage apps, in the Settings menu Settings icon. You can also enable the apps from the Office Store.
How do contextual add-ins work?
Outlook detects if an add-in requested keywords and entities, such as meeting suggestions or addresses, that are in your message, and it underlines them. Please note that Microsoft always safeguards your privacy and doesn't attempt to read or comprehend your message. Even though you might see underlined text, no information is sent to the add-in.
Remember, the add-in can run only after you have given your consent to activate it and you selected the underlined text.
Does the add-in send my data to third-party service? If so, why?
An add-in might send data to its own service, but only to complete the task you've requested. For example, the Bing maps add-in might send information to the Bing online service in order to find the location you've requested. All add-ins are required to comply by their privacy policies and Microsoft standards. See the add-in privacy statement for more details.
Where can I get more information about an add-in, its ratings, and reviews?
Go to the Office Store, and search for the add-in you're looking for. Then, select the add-in to find information such as its overview, requirements, ratings, and reviews.